What is The Extended Project?
It is a full AS Level equivalent qualification. It is worth up to 28 UCAS points. It is recognised by all universities, including Oxbridge, as a means of distinguishing between high achieving candidates who are also predicted 3 or 4 good A Level grades.
The project is invaluable in preparing students for the level of independent research work they will need to complete at university. It is also an excellent means of adding to a portfolio for art and media based courses.
It is an independent research project which you undertake in a topic area of your own choice. It can take the form of:
This may take many forms including:
o A finished working prototype
o A model
o A Piece of Artwork
o A Design
You will be required to plan, research, develop and evaluate the production of your artefact.
It must be accompanied by written evidence of about 2000 to 3000 words in length.
Will I be given any lesson time?
Yes, you will have timetabled lessons each week. The first term’s lessons will be taught lessons with your teacher guiding you through the process of deciding upon a project and teaching research skills. After that the lessons will be tutorials where you will take your project work to your teacher to receive individual guidance and feedback. Projects are completed before Easter so that students can then focus on revision for other exam subjects.
How is it assessed?
There is no examination. The project is marked by your teacher assessor and then sent to the exam board for their verification. As part of the marks awarded are on a presentation, every student must present their project to an audience. The Assessment and Presentation will take place before the main examination period.
In order to study the EPQ you will need at least a grade 4 in English Language GCSE and an APS of at least 4.00